Sand Traps, Business Hazards

One of the worst places any golfer wants to end up is in a sand trap. A good golfer may relish the challenge and usually makes quick work of getting out of trouble. However,  an amateur can quickly and easily run up their stroke count unless they have spent time practicing and using a tried and trusted strategy to get the ball to a better lie.
Water hazards are a deceiving difficulty. Some golfers lose all confidence and perspective when faced ...
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You Can Still Finish Strong

Fall symbolizes the coming to a close of the year.

As the last quarter starts, there remains hope that great things can still take place; that breakthrough relationships, products and possibilities can surface and hard work will yield results to be harvested.

Nine months into 2014, now is the time for leaders in every company to push people and processes into high gear.

The biggest shame to befall any business leader is to begin a new year with the goal of having the ...

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One Easy Question With No Easy Answers

I have noticed that one of the qualities of top leaders is their ability to ask the right questions in the right manner at the right time.

In many organizations, leaders ask more questions than others, but that usually happens when there is a need for more information regarding an opportunity of some sort or because there is a gap between what has been done and what has been said.

Not the screaming, desk pounding, search for the guilty of a major ...

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Sharing The Numbers: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Some years ago an issue for discussion was brought up in an Advisory Board meeting I was facilitating.

The topic was phrased as, “How do I turn employees into having an ownership mindset?”

This same topic has been cycled through every few years as owners are in constant search to increase employee engagement.

One major U.S. bank tried to jump start the process by granting shares of stock to every employee.

What the question really boils down to is “how much financial information should I ...

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The Amateur Manager: Just Following Your Lead?

Taking my clients out of town for their annual planning retreat, a key asset comes into play.

It’s perspective; the ability to take a step back and look at the past, the present and the future.

Away from dealing with day to day issues, and involved in what are often once in a lifetime activities, in a resort settings in locations they have usually never visited, interesting thoughts surface and are discussed.

In one twelve month period, I had the same client tell ...

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